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NIKKEI SHIMBUN JUNE 2008 TELEPHONE OPINION POLL (P08-25)

Nikkei Shimbun June 2008 Telephone Opinion Poll

Dates Conducted
June 27 – 29, 2008

Copyright
Nikkei Shimbun

Methodology
Nationwide poll. See below for age and gender breakdown.

Key Issue

  • Support for the Fukuda Cabinet
  • Censure motion against Prime Minister Fukuda
  • Consumption tax
  • Medical system for late-stage seniors
  • Re-investigation of North Korea abduction issue
  • “Fukuda vision”

Link to Original Source

http://www.nikkei-r.co.jp/phone/results/popup/y200806a.html

Disclaimer
The Mansfield Foundation is responsible for the translation of this Nikkei Shimbun poll, subject to the Mansfield Foundation Terms of Use

*All numbers are percentages
*Number in parentheses are the number of respondents

 

Q1.  Do you support or not support the Fukuda Cabinet (N=900)

Support 26
Do not support 63
No answer/Do not know 11

 

SQ1.  For those who answered “support,” what are the reasons for your support?  Please choose as many as applies from the following seven answers. (N=237)

Because it is an LDP cabinet 37
Good policies 8
Good sense of international affairs 11
Leadership 7
Stability 16
Trustworthy character of members 43
Politically clean 17
Others 6
No answer/Do not know 3

 

SQ2.  For those who answered “do not support,” what are the reasons for not supporting?  Please choose as many as applies from the following seven answers. (N=566)

Because it is an LDP cabinet 20
Bad policies 46
Bad sense of international affairs 22
Lack of leadership 61
Instability 33
Members not trustworthy 17
Politically not clean 4
Others 3
No answer/Do not know 2

 

Q2.  Which political party do you currently support?  Please choose only one. (N=900)

Liberal Democratic Party 30
Democratic Party of Japan 25
Komeito 3
Japan Communist Party 1
Social Democratic Party 1
The People's New Party 0
The New Party of Japan 0
Other political party 0
Do not favor any political party 33
No answer/Do not know 6

 

SQ1.  For those who answered “do not support any party” or “no answer/do not know,” if you are to name one, which political party do you favor? (N=352)

Liberal Democratic Party 15
Democratic Party of Japan 26
Komeito 1
Japan Communist Party 4
Social Democratic Party 2
The People's New Party 0
The New Party of Japan 0
Other political party 2
Do not favor any political party 38
No answer/Do not know 12

 

[Support + Preferable Parties (N=900)]

Liberal Democratic Party 36
Democratic Party of Japan 35
Komeito 4
Japan Communist Party 3
Social Democratic Party 1
The People's New Party 0
The New Party of Japan 0
Other political party 1
Do not support or favor any political party 15
No answer/Do not know 5

 

Q3.  During the last Diet session, the House of Councillors approved the censure motion against Prime Minister Fukuda, yet Prime Minister Fukuda has not dissolved the House of Representatives/called for general elections or had the cabinet resign.  Do you approve or not of his response? (N=900)

Approve 31
Do not approve 52
Can't say either 8
No answer/Do not know 9

 

Q4.  The Democratic Party of Japan began to take a confrontational approach against the government and ruling parties during the last Diet session.  Do you approve or not of the Democratic Party of Japan’s approach? (N=900)

Approve 43
Do not approve 45
Can't say either 5
No answer/Do not know 7

 

Q5.  Prime Minister Fukuda has indicated he will make a decision on raising the consumption tax rate in the next two to three years. What are your thoughts on the increase of the consumption tax? (N=900)

Raising the consumption tax rate is inevitable 46
Should not raise the consumption tax rate 47
Others 3
No answer/Do not know 4

 

Q6.  The government/ruling parties have reviewed the medical system for late-stage seniors and have instituted reforms to reduce the financial burden on low-income seniors by reducing their insurance premiums.  Do you approve or not of these reforms? (N=900)

Approve 59
Do not approve 35
Can't say either 3
No answer/Do not know 4

 

Q7.  The opposition party has submitted a bill to abolish the medical system for late-stage seniors and return to the former elderly health care system.  Do you approve or not of this position? (N=900)

Approve 55
Do not approve 31
Can't say either 5
No answer/Do not know 8

 

Q8.  North Korea has promised to reopen the investigation into the abduction of Japanese citizens.  If the Japanese government can agree to the terms of this investigation, it will relax some of its economic sanctions against North Korea.  Do you support or not this position? (N=900)

Support 25
Against 61
Can't say either 4
No answer/Do not know 11

 

Q9.  Prime Minister Fukuda announced his “Fukuda vision” in regard to global warming in which he proposed reducing emissions of gases by 60% to 80% by 2050.  Do you approve or not of this? (N=900)

Approve 67
Do not approve 19
Can't say either 4
No answer/Do not know 10

 

Q10.  Should Prime Minister Fukuda reshuffle the cabinet? (N=900)

Reshuffle the cabinet 54
For the time being, not necessary to reshuffle the cabinet 33
Others 4
No answer/Do not know 9

 

Q11.  When do you think the dissolution of the House of Representatives and the next general election should be held? (N=900)

Dissolve the House of Representatives as soon as possible 24
Within the year 24
By the beginning of next year 12
There is no need to speed up the dissolution of the House of Representatives 30
Others 1
No answer/Do not know 9

 

F1.  Gender (Determined by the polltaker) (N=900)

Male 45
Female 55
Unknown 0

 

F2.  How old are you? (N=900)

In my 20s 6
In my 30s 18
In my 40s 18
In my 50s 21
In my 60s 20
70 years old or older 13
Refused to answer 3

 

Average Age    52.4

F3.  What is your occupation? (N=900)

Agriculture, forestry and fisheries 2
Employee (company or governmental employee, teacher, etc.) 47
Self-owned business, self-employed (including a homemaker) 11
Full-time housewife (without job only) 21
Student 1
Unemployed 15
Refused to answer 3

 

 

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